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Skills needed by the animation industry

The introduction of tax credit for animation has had a significant impact on the scale of the UK industry, and with increased growth comes increased skills requirements.

Consultation with industry has highlighted the following in-demand roles and priority skills:

In-demand roles

  • Background artists
  • CGI Animators
  • Compositing artists
  • Editors
  • Production management
  • Production staff
  • Rigging
  • Screen writers
  • Trainee/assistant roles
  • Visual storyboarding
  • Writers

Priority skills

  • CelAction
  • Maya
  • Nuke
  • Storyboard Pro
  • StopMotion Pro
  • Lightwave
  • Flash
  • Muvizu
  • TV Paint
  • Redboard
  • Toon Boom


Total animation workforce in the UK (2004-2012)

Total animation workforce in the UK, 2004-2012

Proportion of women in the animation workforce (2004-2012)

Proportion of women in the UK animation workforce 2004-2012

Proportion of those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background in the animation workforce (2004-2012)

Proportion of the UK animation workforce from a BAME background, 2004-2012

Proportion of the animation workforce based outside London (2004-2012)

Proportion of the UK animation workforce based outside of London (2004-2012)

In addition, Creative Skillset is developing a new online workforce planning tool to be launched in 2014 that will allow companies to manage their own workforce and skills portfolio ensuring real time data and intelligence is available for all industries Creative Skillset covers including the animation industry.


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